Bad credit can be the result of a variety of things, maybe you defaulted on student loans, had years of high credit card balances or had a foreclosure. No matter the reason, living with a low credit score can be tough. You can be charged higher insurance rates, new credit cards could be difficult to obtain, and bank loans may costlier. Also the number of companies that require pre-employment credit checks will continue to grow.
Congress just passed the new Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act of 2018 which offers some important new features for consumers. One of the most important features is the ability to freeze or unfreeze your credit report for free at all three major credit reporting bureaus, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
Credit scores and how they are determined can be confusing. Your credit score is calculated by plugging the information from your credit report into a credit score formula. You may have many credit scores based on who provided the score. Bad credit can haunt you and your credit history for decades. Credit reports may affect mortgage rates, credit card approvals, apartment requests and even your job application.